Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Herman in the garden

This is what a visit to a Vincent van Gogh exhibit in Musée d'Orsay did to me! not sure I am finished. This impression of Herman in the garden is the result of studying van Gogh again. He never leaves me with his delicate forceful strokes full of energy and joy of living. The exhibit was about how society pushed van Gogh over the edge. There have been many books written about this "poor" man. If you spend time really looking at his work, you might understand in a small way his absolute passion. If you can find that in your life, you are lucky.
In Paris there is a statue of General Charles de Gaulle. Perhaps there are more of this statue in several places. I recently saw one in the 16th Arondissement, placed on a small square full of flowers and spring-green trees. It is a modern bronze where De Gaulle is making a momentous gesture like the man in the back of my painting. In my painting this man, however, is directing traffic in Noorden.

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1 comment:

  1. Maryann StansfieldApril 30, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Beautiful. I visited a traveling van Gogh exihibit at Los Angeles County Museum back in the 1990s -- couldn't get enough. I love your interpretation. It almost looks like it could be van Gogh in the garden with the hat, working away. Love the brush strokes, and color. The black triangle next to the main directing traffic, is that a statue also?